How do environmental factors contribute to the onset of depression?
I am not sure if you mean the social environment or the physical environment,
but both certainly can contribute to the onset of depression.
The social environment can effect the onset of depression through stressful
events (such as loss of a loved one) which may precede a first episode
of depression. Stress related to physical illness is connected to depression.
Also, drug and alcohol abuse is correlated with depressive symptoms.
Family history seems to play a role in the onset of depression, with
children of depressed parents having over two times the likelihood of
The physical environment can play role in depression, but since individuals
vary in their response to environmental factors it is hard to sort out
cause and effect. Scientists are still trying to sort these complex sorts
of factors out.
For further information visit the Depression
Deborah G. Alicen, Ph.D., is a private practice
psychologist who lives in Plainfield, Vermont--a transplanted Southerner who
still can't say "cows" the way real Vermonters do. She has spent the
last twelve years working mostly with children, adolescents, and adults recovering
from sexual abuse and domestic violence.